Friday, July 26, 2013
North Augusta’s Scott Brown’s first experience competing in a major championship wasn’t quite realized last week. The North Augusta resident and former USC Aiken star missed the cut in the British Open after struggling for a second day at Muirfield in Gullane, Scotland.
Following an opening-round 79, Brown’s 81 on Friday left him at 18-over par, 10 strokes off the cut line. His round included five bogeys, three doubles and one birdie. His two-day total of 160 included 13 bogeys, four doubles and three birdies.
Brown got off to a bad start, making double bogey on No. 1. Although he followed with four consecutive pars, he never got those strokes back. His toughest stretch of the day came midway through the back nine, when he made another double on No. 13 before making bogey on the next three holes. Brown still carded a better score than one of his playing partners, as Satoshi Kodaira finished a stroke behind (80-81-161). Gareth Maybin, the third member of the group, shot 76 but still finished outside of the cut.
Brown can take some solace in knowing that he wasn’t alone in struggling. Past major-championship winners such as Rory McIlroy (79-75–154), Justin Rose (75-77–152), Vijay Singh (77-77–154), Lucas Glover (80-76–156) and Nick Faldo (79-78–157) all failed to make the cut.
Although Brown failed to qualify for the weekend, he’s assured of playing in another major this year. When Brown won the Puerto Rico Open, he not only regained his PGA Tour card through 2015, but also automatically qualified for the PGA Championship, which will be held Aug. 8-11 at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, N.Y.